Israeli soldiers were searching for an Arab security prisoner who escaped while he was being taken for medical care in northern Israel. The prisoner, a 32-year-old Arab from the Shomron village of Damoun, was at large Sunday afternoon. Security officials opened a widespread search for him.
The prisoner escaped as he was taken for tests at Ha’emek Hospital in Afula, after complaining of pains. He escaped as he was being transferred from a prison van to the hospital. Police said they had received numerous tips on the case, and expect to apprehend him.
Earlier, two Arab youths were arrested when they approached the security gate of the town of Karnei Shomron in central Shomron brandishing knives. The two were apprehended by security guards at the gate, and later transferred to IDF officials for questioning. No Israelis were injured in the incident.